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Genome sequencing has confirmed the latest Queensland case of COVID-19 (a cleaner at a Queensland quarantine hotel), has the UK variant.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young has enforced restrictions to vulnerable facilities in Greater Brisbane as a precaution, while contact tracing efforts continue.

‘We’re taking a very cautious approach with this case, now that we know for sure this person has the UK variant of the virus,’ she said.

‘Evidence shows that this variant is 70 percent more infectious than other strains,’ said Dr Young. ‘This is why I’m taking this firm action swiftly, to protect our most vulnerable facilities.’

New restrictions in Brisbane

Dr Young said visitors will be restricted to aged care, hospitals, disability services and corrections facilities, and these restrictions are imposed immediately.

‘These restrictions apply to the Metro North, Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service regions,’ she said.

‘And as always, anyone with any symptoms should come forward for testing immediately and isolate until they receive the results – especially anyone in Brisbane.’

Queensland Health advice is that anyone who has been to the locations below – regardless of whether they have symptoms or not – should get tested and isolate until they receive their result.

Critically, even if a negative test result is received, please continue to monitor for symptoms and get retested if necessary.

Latest warning locations, Queensland Health.


 

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